Electronic Arts has announced they’re going to wholly acquire Respawn Entertainment.
Respawn has put out both Titanfall games, however they reportedly have multiple projects in the pipeline – including a third Titanfall game. The other two games include something taking place in the Star Wars universe, and a virtual reality game.
The deal will reportedly see EA will pay $151 million in cash, with up to $164 million in long-term equity in the form of restricted stock units to employees, which will vest over four years. EA may be required to pay additional variable cash consideration they’re contingent upon achievement of certain performance milestones, including the development of future games, through the end of calendar 2022. An additional consideration is limited to a maximum of $140 million. The actual transaction is expected to happen near the end of this year or soon afterwards.
“We’ve seen firsthand the world-class caliber of Respawn as a development studio with incredible vision, deep talent and an inspiring creative mindset,” said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts. “Our longtime partnership is grounded in a shared desire to push the boundaries and deliver extraordinary and innovative new experiences for players around the world. Together, we’ve brought this to life in the Titanfall franchise, and now with the Respawn team joining EA, we have exciting plans to accomplish even more amazing things in the future.”
“We started Respawn with the goal to create a studio with some of the best talent in the industry, and to be a top developer of innovative games,” said Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment. “We felt that now was the time to join an industry leader that brings the resources and support we need for long term success, while still keeping our culture and creative freedom. EA has been a great partner over the years with Titanfalland Titanfall 2, and we’re excited to combine our strengths. This is a great next step for Respawn, EA, and our players.”
In case you missed it, you can find our review for Titanfall 2 here (we highly recommend it!).